Nov 25, 2008

I will be going on vacation with my family and I will not be doing my regular blog updates this week (unless something big happens). I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I'll be back next week.

- TheIcon

Here is what blogger Sandra Rose is reporting about what happened last night at the Dirty Awards:

The 4th Annual Dirty Awards ended abruptly tonight when violence erupted at the Georgia International Congress Center near downtown Atlanta.

The 2008 Dirty Awards presented by Radio One’s HOT 107.9, started off without a hitch tonight as rap stars T.I., Ludacris, Rick Ross, Trina, Rocko and singer Monica, Diamond & Li’l Scrappy, Common, and others walked the red carpet.

My spies tell me T.I. and Shawty Lo showed a unified front backstage before the event. The two rappers even took pictures together.

But problems began during Shawty Lo’s performance when he asserted his ownership of the South. Next thing you know, a chair flew onstage and police rushed forward to restore order.

T.I. promoted non-violence and Peace during his performance. He ended his speech with, “AND YOU KNOW BANKHEAD RUNS THIS!” Just then, Shawty Lo’s crew rushed the stage and fists flew. Attendees jumped on top of tables to avoid small fights that broke out near the stage.

According to sources, the police pepper sprayed bloodied Grand Hustle rapper Alfa Mega in order to subdue him. The thick clouds of mace sent guests running to the exits.

Now don't get me wrong I love Hip-Hop and I understand that the beef game is nothing but a business ploy to increase record sales, but this has to stop. Rappers need to get their crews under control and learn to keep beefs on wax (do we even use wax anymore...SMDH). I love me some T.I., but this brother is supposed to be making the rounds promoting peace and this mess pops off between his and Shawty Lo's crews. Come on Man...GTFOHWTBS!!! All these dudes are grown men with money and families. They really need to grow the hell up and enjoy their money and take care of their families. I'm sick of this fake gangsta S--t.

Dirty Awards 2008 Battle Between T.I. and Shawty Lo from Gyant on Vimeo.

Nov 24, 2008

Hard times are definitely being felt by all. The Tyra Banks Show is the latest victim of the economic hard times:

Daytime talker "The Tyra Banks Show" is moving to the CW's afternoon block in September, after airing in syndication for four seasons.

Economics played a role in its move out of syndication as stations are forced to make budget cuts amid the economic downturn. To cut costs, "Tyra's" production schedule will be cut to 26 weeks from 34, with an episode from the first four seasons airing at 3 p.m. and a new installment airing at 4 p.m. "Tyra" repeats also will continue to air in late-night on women's cable channel Oxygen.

Meanwhile, the CW is close to renewing Banks' "America's Next Top Model" for a 13th cycle.

"Tyra Banks" this season is averaging a 1.0 household rating, off 9% from the same period a year ago, which puts it in a different league from higher-rated talkers including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dr. Phil" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which is the only talker up year-over-year. But it's also averaging a 1.0 among women 18-34 -- the CW's target -- up 25% from a year ago and fourth among all talkers.


Nov 23, 2008

The economy is definitely not discriminating when it comes to the people it is affecting. First there were reports that Wyclef Jean's house in Miami was being foreclosed on and now we are hearing word that the superintendant of schools in the state of Georgia, Kathy Cox, is filing bankruptcy due to her husband's failing home building business.

The AJC reports:

One of Georgia’s top elected officials is feeling the pain of the housing industry slump in a very personal way.

State Schools Superintendant Kathy Cox and her husband, a homebuilder, last week filed for personal bankruptcy, citing more $3.5 million in liabilities and less than $650,000 in assets, according to court documents.

Most of the debt relates to John Cox’s business, Pebble Hill Homes, which he started in Fayetteville in 2001, the filing indicates. Kathy Cox, who makes about $125,000 a year, has no role in the business but is a co-signer on loans for it, a spokesman said.

As homebuilding slowed to a crawl last summer, Pebble Hill and the Coxes came under siege from creditors, the filing shows, and Kathy Cox’s salary alone was not paying the family’s expenses.

In what Kathy Cox described in a statement as a “gut-wrenching decision,” the couple on Monday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

“I want to be clear … that this filing does not affect my ability to perform the duties of my job as state superintendent of schools,” Cox said in the statement, issued through spokesman Dana Tofig. Tofig on Saturday said she would not comment further.

The filing came barely two months after Cox won $1 million on the television game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” She said at the time she would donate the winnings to two schools for the deaf and one for the blind. Tofig said she will honor that plan and has already set up a “gift foundation” to handle the money.

A Chapter 7 filing allows debtors to keep and continue paying for some assets deemed exempt, such as homes and cars, while others are liquidated to pay creditors. The Coxes’ filing was first reported Friday in the Times-Herald of Newnan, where it occurred.

Times are definitely hard for every one right now. Just going to the grocery store is a major feat. I don't understand how families do it. I am fortunate that the only person that depend on me is me.
The sistas were definitely on hand at the American Music Awards. By far I will have to say that Lil Rhi Rhi was my favorite. This chick just can't do any wrong to me.

Check out pics of Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and more after the jump!!!

Nov 22, 2008

Hey, Janeen it's official. Your boy has finally decided to join the 21st century and become a blogger. This should be an interesting look for Common. Let's hope his blog is as enteraining as Kanye's and Diddy's. We shall see...

Nov 21, 2008

Forget who Obama is selecting for Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of State. One of the most daunting decisions on his and Michelle's plate was where to send their children to school. Well, that decision has finally been revealed. Malia and Sasha Obama will be continuing their education at Sidwell Friends School. Sidwell is a private Quaker institution that Chelsea Clinton also attended when her father was in the White House. Sidwell has a campus in northwest Washington for grades 5-12 and another in suburban Bethesda, Md., for kindergarten through fourth grade. Malia is in fifth grade and Sasha is in second grade, suggesting that the girls would attend schools at different locations.

Nov 20, 2008

I thought this might be some useful information for all you holiday shoppers out there:

When you're looking to quickly scratch a few names off your Christmas list, those gift-card trees at the grocery store sure are tempting.

But with retailers struggling this holiday season, and big names like Circuit City closing stores and filing for bankruptcy protection, some consumer advocates warn that store gift cards are the gifts that may stop giving.If you buy a gift card from a retailer that goes bankrupt, it's uncertain when, or if, it can be redeemed, experts say. (Source)

Here's a listing of stores that are experiencing financial difficulties in this economic market:

Ann Taylor closing 117 stores nationwide. A company spokeswoman said the company hasn't revealed which stores will be shuttered. It will let the stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next month.

Eddie Bauer to close more stores. Eddie Bauer has already closed 27 shops in the first quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet st ores by the end of the year.

Cache closing stores. Women's retailer Cache announced that it is closing 20 to 23 stores this year.

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherine's closing 150 stores nationwide. The owner of retailers Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug , Catherines Plus Sizes will close about 150 underperforming stores this year. The company hasn't provided a list of specific store closures and can't say when it will offer that info, spokeswoman Brooke Perry said today.

Talbots, J. Jill closing stores. About a month ago, Talbots announced that it will be shuttering all 78 of its kids and men's stores. Now the company says it will close another 22 underperforming stores.. The 22 stores will be a mix of Talbots women's and J. Jill, another chain it owns. The closures will occur this fiscal year, according to a company press release.

Gap Inc. closing 85 stores. In addition to its namesake chain, Gap also owns

Old Navy and BananaRepublic. The company said the closures - all planned for fiscal 2008 - will be weighted toward the Gap brand.

Foot Locker to close 140 stores. In the company press release and during its conference call with analysts today, it did not specify where the future store closures--all plan ned in fiscal 2008--will be. The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

Wickes Furniture is going out of business. Wickes Furniture is going out of business and closing all of its stores, Wickes, a 37-year-old retailer that targets middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Goodbye Levitz / BOMBAY - closed already. The furniture retailer, which is going out of business. Levitz first announced it was going out of business and closing all 76 o fits stores in December. The retailer dat es back to 1910 when Richard Levitz opened his first furniture store in Lebanon , PA. In the 1960s, the warehouse/showroom concept brought Levitz to the forefront of the furniture industry. The local Levitz closures will follow the shutdown of Bombay.

Zales, Piercing Pagoda closing stores. The owner of Zales and Piercing Pagoda previously said it plans to close 82st stores by July 31. Today, it announced that it is closing another 23underperforming stores. The company said it's not providing a list of specific store closures. Of the 105 locations planned for closure, 50 are kiosks and 55 are stores.

Disney Store: Owner has the right to close 98 stores. The Walt Disney
Company announced it acquired about 220 Disney Stores from subsidiaries of The Children's Place Retail Stores. The exact number of stores acquired will depend on negotiations with landlords. Those subsidiaries of Children's Place filed for bankruptcy protection in late March.

Walt Disney in the news release said it has also obtained the right to close about 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. The press release didn't list those stores.

Home Depot store closings (E. Brunswick, Rt 18 just put up their closing sign), Atlanta. Nearly 7+ months after its chief executive said there were noplans to cut the number of its core retail stores,

The Home Depot Inc. announced that it is shuting 15 of their stores amid a slumping U.S. economy and housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees. It is the first time the world's largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a flagship store for performance reasons. Its shares rose almost 5 percent. The Atlanta-based company said the underperforming U.S. stores being closed represent less than 1 percent of its existing stores. They will be shut within the next two months.

CompUSA clarifies details on store closings. Any extended warranties purchased for products through CompUSA will be honored by a third-party provider, Assurant Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks, and rebates purchased prior to December 12 can be redeemed at any time during the final sale. For those who have a gadget currently in for service with CompUSA, the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to owners.

Macy's - 9 stores

Pep Boys - 33 stores

Sprint Nextel - 125 retail locations. New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse appears to have inherited a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands, and will now officially be dropping the ax on 4,000 e mployees and 125 retail locations. Amid the loss of 639,000 postpaid customers in the fourth quarter,

Sprint will be cutting a total of 6.7% of its work force (following the 5,000 layoffs last year) and 8% of company-owned brick-and-mortar stores, while remaining mute on other rumors that it will consolidate its headquarters in Kansas. Sprint Nextel shares are down $2.89, or nearly 25%, at the time of this writing.

J. C. Penney, Lowe's and Office Depot are all scaling back.

Ethan Allen Interiors: The company announced plans to close 12 of 300+ stores in an effort to cut costs.

Wilsons the Leather Experts - 158 stores

Pacific Sunwear will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of strategic alternatives for the urban-apparel brand. Seventy-four underperforming Demo stores closed last May.

Sharper Image: The company recently filed for bankruptcy protection and announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will still operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have performed poorly and also may close.

Bombay Company: The company unveiled plans to close all 384 U.S.-based Bombay Company stores. The company's online storefront has discontinued operations.

KB Toys posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the United
States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. To see the list of store
closings, go to the KB Toys Information web site, and click on Press

Dillard's to close more stores. Dillard's, Inc. said it will continue to
focus on closing underperforming stores, reducing expenses and improving its merchandise in 2008. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, CEO William Dillard II said the company will close another six underperforming stores this year.

Circuit City announced they will be closing over 150 stores starting January 1st 2009........

Movie Gallery has released a statement stating that the information concerning store closures are false. Please click here to read the statement.

Nov 19, 2008

CNN is reporting the following about recent Obama cabinet picks:

Obama has chosen former Sen. Tom Daschle to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the former Senate majority leader has indicated he wants the job, three sources close to the transition told CNN Wednesday.

The sources said that Daschle negotiated that he will also serve as the White House health "czar," or point person, so that he will report directly to the incoming president.

By wearing two hats, Daschle -- not White House staffers -- will be writing the health care plan that Obama submits to Congress next year.

Sources are also reporting that Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, is Obama's top choice for Secretary of Homeland Security and billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker is Obama's choice for commerce secretary.
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Supermodel Jessica White plays Thicke's love interest in the video.

I just love this picture of Lady Michelle Obama.
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I need to go to therapy. I know I should be boycotting this show for all his foolishness, but I just can't help myself. I love it. It's like watching a train wreck. I can't wait to watch the reunion show next week. I hope they have my girl, Dwight, on the show...LOL!!! I just love him.

Nov 17, 2008

Nov 16, 2008

God, I really miss college. Strike...Strike...and Strike Again!!!!!
First let me preface by saying that I have yet to enjoy the throes of motherhood, but hopefully one day I will embark on that path. And when I do walk that path, I would hope that I love my child with the same unconditional love that my mother continues to bestow upon me.

The passage of Proposition 8 in California has given me a lot to think about in the past few days. Although the proposition doesn't directly affect me because I am neither gay nor do I live in California, it has cast a shadow on my life. As I watch people turning to the streets in protest I can't help but feel empathy for them. These are people's children and yet they are being denied one of the basic right's that was given to us at the founding of this country: the right to the pursuit of happiness.

So as I look at all these faces in those massive crowds I can't help but to think about their mothers and fathers. What kind of dreams did these parents have for their children when they were born? Because believe it or not every parent has a dream for their child. Did these parents dream that in the greatest country in the world their children would be relegated to second class citizenry? Or did they dream that the promise of this country would actually be real and not just some slogan that a politician came up with? As I look at those faces in those crowds I can't help but wonder what if that was my son or daughter whose right to marriage had just been denied. How would I as a parent feel about that? I can tell you now that it would break my heart.

I like to believe that if I had a child who turned out to be gay I would be as vigilant for them as I would be for my heterosexual child. After all he/she would still be my child and I would demand nothing but the absolute best for him/her. I would stand by my child and demand that he/she be treated fairly and equally.

So when I think about things like Proposition 8 I don't view it as a religious issue or a gay vs. straight issue. I don't view it as a "can they please just use another word besides Marriage" issue. I view it as a fairness issue and what it is that I would want for my child or someone else's child. I view it as a pursuit of happiness issue in that everyone has a right to pursue that thing that will bring a glimmer of happiness into their life.

So, who are we to deny my child that right?

It appears with the passage of Prop 8 in California that more people are becoming vocal on the issues of Gay Rights. Some people are even coming out professing their sexual orientation and how the passage of this proposition has affected them personally. Such is the case for comedian Wanda Sykes who The Huffington Post reported recently revealed that she was in fact a lesbian. Here is what The Huffington Post reported:

Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay.

"You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday.

"Everybody that knows me personally they know I'm gay. But that's the way people should be able to live their lives," she said.

Sykes, who is known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage of California's Proposition 8 made her feel like she was "attacked."

"Now, I gotta get in their face," she said. "I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay."

Sykes' appearance at the Las Vegas rally surprised organizers. She was in town performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Good for her. I hope other closeted celebritites come out and fight for their rights as well. I also hope that heterosexual people will continue to be vocal about what's going on in our country. We have to remember that what happens to the least of us affects the rest of us.

Once again the school system has failed this child, the bus driver, and the child's parents. The reason I say all were failed is because had there been a monitor on the bus this incident would have never happened. The government is always complaining about money, but somehow they always come up with money for their pet projects. Children are deemed a low priority on the government's To Do list. The bus driver was initially fired, but what happened to the administrators that were supposed to ensure that a monitor was on the bus? Nothing. That's what happened. Absolutely nothing. Change happens from the bottom up, but accountability starts from the top down. More heads should have rolled for this incident than the bus driver's. I agree that the bus driver should have never choked the child, but once again had she had the proper help it would hae never come to this. This is just a sad incident for all. My heart really goes out to that child.

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Nov 14, 2008

I'm confused. I'm sitting here watching CNN and they've just announced that Barack Obama offered the Secretary of State position to Hillary Clinton. I thought for sure this position was going to Bill Richardson. He was the obvious choice or maybe it was just me. Bill Richardson's diplomacy skills cannot be disputed. He is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations. This man was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen, and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba. So once again I am confused. I feel that Clinton's service will be best in the Senate. I know there has been talk of her being appointed to the Supreme Court, but I' not feeling that either. She should consider running for governor of New York.

This is very interesting!!! I just don't like the fact that it's only targeted towards young women. I think young man should be given this message also. It is important for young men to understand the impact that sex will have on them if they engage in it at an early age. This PSA just sends me into the mindframe of 'Men wil be men' but women have to sit at home and be chaste and obedient. Maybe I'm wrong and reading too much into this, but I just think the message should be tailored to both sexes.

by Frank James

So which magazine was the first to get a sit down interview and photo shoot with President-elect Barack Obama?

Ebony Magazine, which was visited by the president-elect at its Chicago offices in the Michigan Ave. headquarters building of its parent, Johnson Publishing Co.

That Obama would give his first magazine and photo session to Ebony seems fitting. The magazine was a pioneer in publishing in much the way Obama's a trailblazer in politics.

Evolved from Negro Digest, which was founded in 1942 by John Johnson, Ebony for decades was one of the few periodicals African-Americans could turn to for images and stories about black strivers and movers and shakers rarely ever seen in the mainstream media.

A black person who made it to Ebony's cover had really made it in the larger sense. Obama is the ultimate African-American striver.

Also, the company's present chairman and chief executive Linda Johnson Rice, the founder's daughter, has long been a member of Chicago's black business and political aristocracy into which the Obama's have vaulted in recent years.

So all told, not a surprising choice that Ebony got Obama first.

The following is from Ebony's announcement of its coup of its interview yesterday:

The exclusive interview and cover shoot, held at the headquarters of Johnson Publishing Co. in Chicago, will be the centerpiece of Ebony magazine's January 2009 commemorative issue, which goes on sale nationwide Tuesday, December 9.

President-elect Obama spoke to Ebony magazine editorial director Bryan Monroe on a wide range of issues, including his historic election and international reaction, the future of America and how he hopes to tap the enthusiasm of the millions of supporters who have been mobilized by his election.

"I'm very humbled by the fact that I stand on the shoulders of all the people who made these incredible contributions to lift this country up," Obama told Ebony on Thursday. (Source)

Good for Ebony. I hate that John H. Johnson is not around to see this. He would have loved having the first African American President of the United States on his cover.

This is definitely a good look for Beyonce.

Look at Ms. Cole been getting her work out on. She looks great and I am looking forward to this new album that is due on Dec. 14.
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I guess I need to pay up because I thought for sure that he was black. I was actually one of the people that thought he was Quincy Jones...LOL!!!!
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Boy, that Photoshop ain't no joke!!!! As you can see the Whitney Houston's "body" actually belong to supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Eurweb is reporting:

*A rep for Whitney Houston's label Arista Records is denying reports that a photo of the singer that recently appeared online is the cover art for her new comeback album.

"The allegedly 'new' Whitney Houston album cover circulating throughout the Internet is not a legitimate album cover for Ms. Houston's forthcoming Arista disc," read a statement from the label.

"Ms. Houston is still recording and we look forward to unveiling new music along with the official album cover in due time."

Entertainment Weekly reported that the phony album cover – featuring Houston in a black bathing suit with a plunging neckline and sporting a long wavy weave – was actually created by a fan.

Nov 13, 2008

I swear I have tried my best to stay away from 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' but I have to admit it is now my guilty pleasure. I have to say this was my favorite scene from this week's episode. Dwight and NeNe had a sista laughing hard....Man, I miss the A.

"How dreadful???" I swear that is my new saying. I love it.

"What would I call a fashion show with no clothes...Nothing!!!" I love Dwight. He needs his own show. He is fabulous, Honey.
2 Dutch men guilty of injecting 14 with HIV

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch court convicted two men Wednesday for attempting to infect 14 victims with HIV in a bizarre sex case.

The Groningen District Court found the two guilty of severe assault for injecting semiconscious men with HIV-infected blood at sex parties between January 2006 and May 2007.

Peter M., 49, who was also convicted of rape, was sentenced to nine years in prison and Hans J., 39, received a five-year sentence. Under Dutch privacy laws, the surnames of convicted criminals are not released.

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Nov 12, 2008

BERLIN – An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.

While researchers — and the doctors themselves — caution that the case might be no more than a fluke, others say it may inspire a greater interest in gene therapy to fight the disease that claims 2 million lives each year. The virus has infected 33 million people worldwide.

Dr. Gero Huetter said Wedneday his 42-year-old patient, an American living in Berlin who was not identified, had been infected with the AIDS virus for more than a decade. But 20 months after undergoing a transplant of genetically selected bone marrow, he no longer shows signs of carrying the virus.

"We waited every day for a bad reading," Huetter said.

It has not come. Researchers at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school say tests on his bone marrow, blood and other organ tissues have all been clean.

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Nov 11, 2008

Either this is a really bad joke or someone went overboard with the airbrushing. I just find it hard to believe that this is Ms. Houston. Come on please tell me this is a practical joke and someone went crazy with the photoshopping. I just can't see Whitney going out like this, but then again I didn't see her married to Bobby either. Oh Lawd!!!! Jesus take the wheel!

****Side note
If that really is Ms. Houston then I can't hate because the girl does look good, but still, what in the sea otter hell is going on?
CBS has announced extensive measures to boost the diversity of its network-owned daytime lineup. The initiative, by CBS Diversity Institute and Casting, is aimed at providing better access for minority actors and actresses to on-screen roles on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. The Diversity Institute is a comprehensive program designed to identify and develop diversity within the writing, directing, and talent communities.

"Diversity requires action and we see this as a very intentional way of bringing attention to actors of color and continuing to open doors to the most successful daytime franchises in history with this new and additional avenue of access," said Josie Thomas, CBS Senior Vice President, Diversity.

"With our daytime dramas on the air year-round, this is a remarkable opportunity for new talent to be seen by the highest number of people possible in this medium," adds Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS.

Viewers have been critical of the lack of diversity in daytime television. While African American actors are regularly featured on the soaps, many soaps limit the scope of Black performers to a single family or limit their interaction to involve only other minority performers. Latino characters have been much more present in recent years, but many soaps offer negative and stereotypical roles for these characters, focusing on drug trafficking or other illegal activities. The number of Asian American lead characters seen on soaps in the past decade can be counted on one hand.

In a much-publicized exit interview, actress Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) blasted executives at The Young and the Restless for "whitewashing" the show.

"When Y&R was at the top of its game, our soap boasted daytime’s only racially diverse cast on TV," Rowell told TV Guide Canada last year. "[B]ut [Y&R distributor] Sony [and] CBS refuse to admit that Y&R’s primary audience is black. And now the show has what? Two black actors — which adds up to one because they are mixed!"

Actors of color who are 18 years and older can submit resumes and photos electronically by logging onto under the breakdown: CBS Daytime Diversity Initiative

Or submit a hard copy of a resume and photo to:
Fern Orenstein
CBS Daytime Diversity Initiative
Cole Ave Studios
1006 N. Cole
Hollywood CA 90038

I am very happy about this move. Anybody who knows me know how much I love The Young and the Restless. I've been watching that show since I was a little kid. I remember when Lauren was buried alive, when Cricket was still with Danny, when Nina was in love with Phillip, when Drucilla first came on the show and she was in love with Nathan, when Nikki was a stripper, and who can forget when Malcolm first came on the show. Boy, Y&R has really been my show. It use to have a really diverse cast. Here's hoping they can regain some of that. Now if they could only convince Victoria Rowell (Drucilla) to come back and give that dang on Lily a backbone (she's nothing like her mother) I would be a really happy camper. Oh, and could they please stop with the Victor being depress story. I can't wait for him to come back and kick Jack and Adam's behind. And for heaven's sake please put Sharon and Nicholas back together is that too much to ask for.

Voters in Arkansas overwhelmingly supported a measure that effectively banned gay and lesbian couples from adopting children or being foster parents--even though the wording of the measure did not include the words "gay" or lesbian."

The measure, which passed with about 57 percent of the vote, simply banned unmarried couples from adopting children or from being foster parents. However, the measure's sponsor, the Arkansas Family Council, made it clear it didn't want gay and lesbian couples adopting and furthering the "gay agenda."

"I think the voters realized that this was about child welfare rather than the rights of adults," Jerry Cox, the Arkansas Family Council's president, told The Associated Press.

Opponents of the ban say those who voted in favor of the measure made it much more difficult for foster children and children up for adoption to find caring and loving homes.

"The biggest thing to take away tonight is that the children in the foster-care system were dealt a pretty serious blow," Brett Kincaid, director of the campaign that opposed the measure, told the AP. (Source)

Out of all the things that happened on November 4th I have to say that this is the most disturbing and the most tragic. I don't know what the Arkansas Family Council was trying to accomplish when they came up with this initiative but it was obvious that they were not concerned with the welfare of the children involved. Not only will this measure prevent gay and lesbian couples from adopting or being foster parents, but it will also prevent single people from doing the same. To politicize the welfare of a child is just something that I cannot tolerate. There are so many children that get swept up in the system and now they have decided to take away the only chance that some will have to reside in a loving home. It is so tragic that in this day and age we still have people fighting for equality in this country. We are not talking about people who are here illegally, but rather people who are citizens of this country. These people are due every right that is bestowed upon a person that is a citizen of this great country and to deny those people those rights because of your personal belief is just wrong. Those children in Arkansas deserve better. If there is a person who is deemed fit and want to open up his/her home to a needy child who are we to stand in the way of that. Love doesn't know your sexual orientation, your religion, or your color. Love knows no boundaries and these children deserve to be loved by someone. My heart breaks for them.

Please don't get suckered people. I know this is an exciting time, but don't let people prey on your excitment for this historical occasion. There will only be 250,000 tickets printed. So please keep that in mind. Here is some information that has been put forth by the Inaugural Committee:

Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies does not provide tickets to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets.

The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim. Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until the week before the inauguration and will require in-person pick-up.

“Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth,” said Howard Gantman, Staff Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. “Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism.”

CNN is also reporting on the inauguration tickets:

Legitimate ticket brokers -- the same companies that peddle tickets to rock concerts and NASCAR races -- are selling tickets to the swearing-in of Barack Obama for thousands of dollars, even for standing-room areas on the National Mall.

Organizers of the inauguration say it violates the spirit of the event and could spell disappointment for people who buy tickets for the January 20 ceremony.

"We think it's absolutely insane to be selling those tickets. We understand some people want to make a buck, but for those people thinking of buying tickets, it's buyer beware," warned Howard Gantman, staff director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

The government has printed 250,000 tickets so far, holding them in a secure location. For information on how to get one, check out

Ticket brokers act as middlemen, selling inaugural tickets they say they purchase from Capitol Hill employees and people who get them from members of Congress.

Since the government releases tickets at the last minute -- less than a week before the inauguration -- ticket brokers cannot ensure they will receive enough tickets to cover their orders.

Web sites promise a full refund if tickets are not secured to buyers, but that offer may be little consolation to people who invest in a trip to Washington to see the inauguration.

Since tickets do not have attendees' names on them, Gantman said it's inevitable some will be sold.

"Some will be distributed this way. It happens with baseball games and concerts. But we are going to take every step we can to make sure these tickets get into the hands of those who themselves intend to attend this event."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the inauguration committee, said Monday she she was prepared to ask Congress to make it a crime to scalp inauguration tickets.

"We have heard reports that there are people trying to scalp Inaugural tickets for more than $40,000 each. This is unconscionable and must not be allowed," Feinstein said in a statement.

"This inauguration will be the major civic event of our time, and these tickets are supposed to be free for the people. Nobody should have to pay for their tickets," she added.

The inaugural committee is alerting lawmakers that it is a violation of Congress' code of ethics for members or staff to sell their tickets. (Source)

My brothers and sisters please do not forget that you still have work to do in Georgia. The run-off election between Jim Martin (D) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) is scheduled for Dec. 2nd. So we need you all to return to the polls with the same fervor and make sure Chambliss is ousted on his behind. This would be a fitting present to him after what he did to former senator Max Cleland.

Click here to learn more about Jim Martin and contribute to his campaign.

Runoff Voting Information

You do not need to have voted in the general election in order to vote in the runoff. You must have been registered to vote on or before October 6, 2008, however, in order to vote in the runoff.

Absentee Ballots

If the ballot does not arrive before November 25, please call your county's elections office. You can find the phone number at the Secretary of State's website, by clicking on this link.

Absentee ballots will not be counted unless they are received before the closing of the polls (7:00 p.m.) on the day of the runoff, December 2.

For information on applying for an absentee ballot, please see the Secretary of State's website by clicking on this link.

You will have to:

1. Download, print, and fill out the form provided (it is a PDF); and

2. Mail, fax, or hand-deliver the completed form to your county elections office. You can find the address and fax number for your elections office at the Secretary of State's website, by clicking on this link.

Given the short amount of time before the runoff, we recommend that you fax or hand-deliver the application if possible.

Advance Voting
Advance, in-person voting for the runoff will run from Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 (the week before the runoff) - with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, when there will be no advance voting.

It is also possible that your advance voting location will be closed on Friday, November 28. Please click on this link to go to the Secretary of State's website and find out information regarding the advance voting schedule in your county (please note that, as of November 8, the site is not currently up to date with runoff information).
There is no advance voting on Monday, December 1, the day before the runoff.

You will likely have to vote at a location that is different from your usual polling place during the advance voting period.

Please see the Secretary of State's website for more information on where to advance vote by clicking here (as of November 8, the site is not currently up to date with runoff information).

You will need an approved photo ID in order to vote in person. Please see the Secretary of State's website for more information by clicking here.

Election Day

Runoff Election Day is Tuesday, December 2!

To find your Election Day polling place, click on this link to use the Secretary of State's poll locator.

Again, you will need an approved photo ID in order to vote in person. Please see the Secretary of State's website for more information by clicking here.
Military and Overseas Ballots

If you are a military or overseas voter and would like an absentee ballot, please click here for the request form.

Click here for general information from the Secretary of State.

Please complete the absentee ballot request application and fax it to your county elections office immediately. You can find the fax number for your elections office at the Secretary of State's website, by clicking on this link.

As soon as you receive your absentee ballot via mail, send it back as directed. It must be postmarked on or before December 2 and be received by your county elections office by 5:00 p.m. on December 5.

If you do not receive your absentee ballot by November 25, you should consider submitting the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot with "Jim Martin" written in the U.S. Senate line.

This general federal ballot may be obtained by clicking here.

The Unborn features Meagan Good and Idris Elba. It will be in theaters January 9th. I definitely will be going to see it since I am a sucker for scary movies.

Click here to learn more about the movie.

In order to celebrate Veteran's Day, please demand that our soldiers are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Our soldiers are on the front line when it comes to these wars and that position deserves respect. We should also protect their families since they are the ones who have to shoulder most of the burden when their love one is over seas. God Bless our Soldiers!

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – ESPN’s award-winning COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME DAY presented by HOME DEPOT will air live from Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) campus Saturday, November 15, beginning at 10 a.m. The two-hour live broadcast precedes the network’s varied weekly offering of televised games. The Saturday broadcast will take place on FAMU’s quadrangle with the main set located in front of Coleman Library.

This weekend’s appearance at FAMU marks the first appearance for the show from the campus of a historically black college or university and may be one of the few appearances ever for the program from an NCAA Division One FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly I-AA) campus.

The show is hosted by veteran ESPN anchor Chris Fowler, while featuring an expert panel which includes Coach Lee Corso, former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit and former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.

Saturday’s broadcast will preview all the day’s top college games, highlighting key football personalities and will close with the much-anticipated predictions segment — picking winners of key games.

FAMU’s “Marching 100” Band, under the direction of Julian White, will also appear during the broadcast, along with FAMU cheerleaders, students and fans.

The GAME DAY program will be just one of three sports-related events scheduled for Saturday. The Rattler football team will close its 2008 home schedule against Hampton University at 1 p.m. at Bragg Stadium followed by the women's basketball team home opener against Albany (Ga.) State at 7:30 p.m. in Gaither Gym.

Nov 10, 2008

WOW!!!! I could not have said it better myself.

Roseanne Barr recently went on a racist rant against the black people in California that supported Prop 8. Here is what Ms. Barr so eloquently had to say about black people:

They [blacks] showed themselves every inch as stupid, bigoted and ignorant as their white christian counterpartners who voted for mccain-palin. "Now all these ni**ers walking around with their ni**er attitude will suddenly seem like they have manners because there is one half breed ni**er puppet in the white house"

Barr blamed "immoral and hateful black pastors and clergy" for the results and preached her solution before calling for religious black voters to "repent": (Source)

I don't know where to begin with this foolishness. There is so much I want to say, but out of respect for my mother I will hold my tongue. There is no point in me lowering my standards and integrity for some out of work sitcom star. Now, I understand Roseanne being upset with the passage of Prop 8, but to try and blame it on black people is a load of crap and the numbers don't support her claim. If you don't believe me then check the facts for yourself.

I too have a problem with the passage of Prop 8, but don't blame black people if you (the opponents of Prop 8) didn't bother to come and speak to the black community about what was really going on. I think that discrimination in any form is wrong, but to try and scapegoat one community for what was a failure in organization is wrong also. Blacks were not the only people that supported Prop 8. The last time I check it was a majority of white people that was in support of this proposition and the demographics of California alone does not support the claim that it was black people alone that allowed this proposition to pass.

Some of the best people in my life are gay. I couldn't imagine my life without these people in it. I believe that they are owed the same dignity and respect as any other person that is a citizen of the United States of America. It is my hope that thesed people that I love so much who are my family and friends will not be denied their rights as citizens of this great country. I know some people will disagree with me and that is your right as a citizen of this country but I think that discrimination in any form is wrong and I stand by that. For I truly believe in the foundation in which this country was founded:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Please allow our gay brothers and sisters their unalienable Rights!!!!

Why am I not surprised. To all those people that think the election of Barack Obama has placed us in a post-racial time you are fooling yourself. There is a lot we still have to do. My friend named Harlotte Bolden-Wright was telling me about the newspaper in her hometown of Port St. Joe, Fl is guilty of the same thing. The paper is called The Star. Here is Bolden-Wright's letter to the newspaper. She doesn't feel they will print it so I will print it for her:

November 4th was a historic moment not just for the African American residents of my native town of Port St. Joe, but for all the residents across the country that supported and helped to elect Senator Barack Obama the first African American president of the United States of America. To my amazement when I received a copy of my hometown newspaper, The Star, there was no mention of this historic event ANYWHERE in the November 6th edition. However, I was able to find on the cover page a headline stating that “McCain wins Gulf County”. Yes, this may have been true, but out of respect for the 2,144 citizens of Gulf County who voted for President elect Barack Obama there should have been some mention of his victory as well as its significance to this country’s history. I really would like to believe that this was some form of oversight or maybe there was just no room anywhere in the paper to squeeze a line or two about the Presidential election, but we all know better.

Whether your personal preference was for Senator McCain or for President elect Obama, as a journalist I believe that one should be held to the highest standards of providing unbiased reporting to his or her readers. The Star missed out on the opportunity to capture in print a great moment in history. Imagine how great it would have been 20 years from now for my son to look back at a clipping from my hometown newspaper to witness when history was made. Regardless of whether or not the Star or any other local newspapers would like to acknowledge the facts, Barack Obama is the next President of the United States and that includes Gulf County, Florida.

CNN) -- President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, to the White House on Monday afternoon.

Bush and Obama held a private meeting in the Oval Office, while the first lady gave the incoming first lady a tour of the residence.

The president and president-elect walked together along the colonnade by the Rose Garden before entering the Oval Office together. They briefly waved to reporters along the way.

Obama and Bush were not expected to speak on camera following their meeting.

An aide to Obama said they were "going to let the pictures speak for themselves."

The two met in the Oval Office for just over an hour. When President George H.W. Bush hosted President-elect Bill Clinton after the 1992 election, the two talked for nearly two hours.

Monday's meeting was a historic formality, but it was also a time for serious talks. It marked the first time that Obama has visited the Oval Office.

The two were expected to discuss "a broad range of issues," focusing on the economy, according to a leader of Obama's transition team. (Source)

I just love black love. Despite all the rumors this is still one of my favorite couples.

Check out more pics after the jump.

Remember that snippet of Common I played on the site where he was on TRL and he did a verse of his new song Changes about then Senator Obama. Well, Obama's win of the Presidency has inspired Common to leak his new track for all to hear. Here is what is reporting about the new single:

*Barack Obama's Presidential victory Tuesday night inspired fellow Chicagoan Common to leak the song "Changes" from his upcoming album "Universal Mind Control," due Dec. 9.

"I wrote this song to inspire the young world to believe that change can happen. To be honest, I also envisioned it as a great inaugural song for Barack Obama," said Common of the track, which features singer Muhsinah Abdul-Karim as well as a spoken word appearance by his daughter Omoye.

Hopeful about Obama's chances of a victory, Common was inspired to pen "Changes" during the campaign, but when hope became a reality, he was moved to leak the song ahead of schedule, according to a statement from

Common has always been vocal about his support of Barack Obama and was even the first hip-hop artist to name check him in a song almost four years ago.

Common - 'Changes'